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John Marquez in The Twilight Zone at Almeida Theatre (Photo: Marc Brenner)

West End to welcome The Twilight Zone

Robin Johnson

By Robin Johnson Published 8 October 2018

“There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man”… and it’s coming to the West End. The hit Almeida Theatre production of The Twilight Zone will transfer to the Ambassadors Theatre in March 2019.

Based on the funny and fearsome stories of Rod Serling, Charles Baumont and Richard Matheson – all from the hit CBS television series – science-fiction fantasy play The Twilight Zone enjoyed an acclaimed run on the Almeida stage in 2017, welcoming theatregoers into another dimension “… not only of sight and sound… but of mind.”

Through a series of morality tales and fables, The Twilight Zone questions humanity’s dreams, despairs, prides and prejudices. The play is adapted for the stage by Anne Washburn, and directed by the multi-award winning Richard Jones.

The West End transfer will come in the same year as the 60th anniversary of the seminal television show, whose influence can be found in the works of Stephen King, Steven Spielberg, Black Mirror and The Simpsons, amongst others. A new version of the television series has also entered production starring Jordan Peele.

The Twilight Zone at Almeida Theatre (Photo: Marc Brenner)

The Twilight Zone at Almeida Theatre (Photo: Marc Brenner)

Ron Fogelman, Producer of The Twilight Zone, said “The impact the production had on the audience at the Almeida Theatre was wonderful, showing just how timeless these stories continue to be. Anne Washburn and Richard Jones have created a unique experience for the theatre that taps straight into the imagination.”

Rupert Goold, Artistic Director of the Almeida, added “Half of the people who booked to see The Twilight Zone at the Almeida were visiting our theatre for the first time so it feels hugely exciting to be giving new audiences another chance to catch this extraordinary, wildly entertaining creation.”

Official London Theatre described the show at the Almeida as “an earnest and hugely enjoyable celebration of one of TV’s most iconic series.”

The Twilight Zone is produced by Ron Fogelman for Your Next Stop Limited and the Almeida Theatre, with Kenny Wax as executive producer.

Performances begin 4 March 2019.

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